Former Cañada Student Wins Literary PrizeWed, 26 September, 2012 at 1:14 pm
Pacheco will be honored on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room, City Lights Bookstore, 57 Post Street, in San Francisco. As part of the event, he will be reading his poetry. The reading is free and open to the public but space is limited.
Pacheco was born in Huhi, Yucatan, Mexico. He is a Mayan and migrated to the United States when he was 15 years old. He is the first in his family to graduate from high school and college.
Pacheco's writing is influenced by his Mayan, Mexican heritage, and his experience in the United States. He uses their magic and history to bridge worlds that have been in conflict not only linguistically but culturally and politically as well. Pacheco's writing also deals with the social and cultural hardships immigrant face in this nation.
In addition, Pacheco is passionate about studying and using Western, traditional forms of poetry such as villanelles, sestinas and sonnets in order to understand his role as a Latino, immigrant writer in the Creative Writing community. Posted in: Political Science, Art, Social Sciences, Spanish, Sociology, Communication Studies, Music, Reading, English, Psychology, ESL, Latin American Studies, Anthropology, Philosophy